Bunk Beds Are Evil

Katherine - posted on 06/14/2012 ( 8 moms have responded )




There are so many things I wish someone had warned me about before I had children. The fact that my flabby pre-baby stomach would look enviable compared to the mess of stretch marks overtaking it after kids. That I would think nothing of having an OB bring his entire team of interns in to observe my internal exam. That I would never, ever again pee in peace.

But, really there is one that trumps everything else. Why didn’t my mom clue me in? My older cousins? My friends with kids? Did they all think that just because they suffered, I deserved to as well? What kind of conspiracy is this motherhood thing, anyway?

But, I’m not like them. I’ll share with you my knowledge. I’ll share with you what I’ve learned, the hard way. Because that’s just the kind of person I am. And, you deserve to know.

Here goes…

Dear Mothers: Do not, unless there is absolutely no other option under the sun, get your children a bunk bed. You will live to regret it, mark my words. The very first time you make the bed, my post will echo in your brain. I’m not one to gloat I told you so’s, but I will. Skip yourself the agony.

Sure, bunk beds look all cozy and idyllic. Two kids, one bed, sleeping in harmony. Whispering ghost stories late at night, swapping between top and bottom bunk, saving space in a crowded room. It all sounds so perfect. But it’s not. It’s hell.

Changing the top sheet may just kill you. The feeling can only be likened to putting on a pair of Spanx: The huffing, the puffing, the grunting, the heightened blood pressure, the sweating, the cursing. The fact that once you successfully have it in place, the reality hits you that it needs to come off eventually. You live in fear of pee. Instead of limiting your liquid intake, you’ll start limiting your child’s. It’s just not worth it. None of it. Go for the twin beds.

And thank me later.

Oh shit! I just bought bunk beds!


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J has a loft bed--it sits about 5 ft off the ground and has a little play area and toy storage under it. It is part of a built-in system we had built because his room is so tiny.

Anyway, seemed like a great idea until I had to change the sheets. I changed them exactly 1 time before I bought a summer sleeping bag to toss up there. Painted some stars on the wall and whalla! It's a camp site! And all I have to do is pull the sleeping bag down to toss in the wash once or twice a week.


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Teresa - posted on 06/23/2012




Just try draggin outta bed. AT least when he had a regular bed I could drag him out with no issue. Now I have to half catch, half help him when I drag him out of his bunk bed.

Keri - posted on 06/19/2012




Have bunk beds, but I have this crazy new fangled idea that the kids make their own bed!

Jurnee - posted on 06/16/2012




We also had bunk beds as kids and had to change them ourselves. My mom got rid of them eventually when we were using them more as a jungle gym than a bed. My son had a bunk bed, and I made him change the top sheet too. I twas only for when he had a friend stay over though so nt very often. I lvoe the sleeping bag idea!

Corinne - posted on 06/15/2012




We had bunk beds as kids and my Mum used to make us change the sheets! The amount of times I fell off the top one or cracked my head changing the bottom one?! I will never get a bunk.

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Hayden has a loft, but Rachel sleeps in it! I don't ever make the bed and when it's time to change the sheets, Rachel has to do the hard work ;-)
(yep, I am lazy!!)

Dove - posted on 06/14/2012




Changing the top sheet definitely isn't FUN, but we've had bunk beds for 7.5 years and it's not that big of a deal. :)

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